What do Jackson Township Council Candidates Think of Illegal Dump on Frank Applegate?
One of the issues in the news this month is the illegal dump in Jackson on Frank Applegate Road. JTOWN Magazine asked all of the candidate their opinion. Each was asked to respond individually.
Ray Cattonar (Also answering for Bonnie Barrington: The Hard Maple dumping ground in Jackson is a prime example why we need to create stiffer ordinances and penalties of our own to prevent what has happened from reoccurring again. We need to prevent an individual from taking a piece of property and turning it into a dumping ground.
Rob Nixon: Illegal dumping and developers who disregard our laws and brazenly damage our natural environment must be dealt with under the harshest penalties the law allows. When I originally learned about the Hard Maple illegal dumping I immediately called Mayor Reina and urged for quick action. His response was without hesitation and the Township was recently successful in working through the Courts to force Hard Maple to clean up the site. We must remain vigilant to ensure the cleanup occurs as ordered and the Township should carefully monitor this developer activity within our community.
Ken Bressi: This was most definitely a violation; we had our attorney follow up on the concerns. With this action we were successful in court to have all dumping removed from Jackson. We will be vigilant keeping abreast of compliance with the removal of all the dumping at this site, and if not complied with will take whatever action necessary to complete the compliance.
Barry Calogero: Since this is a pending application coming before the Zoning board of adjustments I cannot give an opinion. However as Chairman of the Zoning board I can tell you any Approval would have to meet all outside agency approvals…Including DEP, EPA.
I will also tell you the Zoning board has a solid record of taking the publics sentiment and any negative impact on the quality of their life Into consideration when forming a motion.
Editor’s Note: Calogero is the chairman on the Jackson Township Zoning Board and cannot legally give information regarding this application.